What's the Big Idea?

What's the Big Idea?

Inventions That Changed Life on Earth Forever

Book - 2009
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Beginning with inventions from long, long ago (the needle, the wheel, the water pump) moving to those from long ago (the printing press, steel, the telegraph) and ending with innovations from not so long ago (the car, the TV, mp3s), What's the Big Idea? treats readers to an in-depth, but lighthearted look at 32 of our most important inventions. Each invention profile lists its highlights -- who invented it, when, and where -- and asks and answers the question "Why this invention and why now?" Author Helaine Becker pays close attention to what was going on in the world at the time of each invention -- showing the timeliness of each invention and putting it in context for the reader. Fun tidbits of information are worked seamlessly and liberally into the bites of historical information to keep kids entertained and engaged. Five Big Thinkers are also profiled alongside their major inventions. Readers will learn about some of the oddities and follies of Archimedes, Leonardo da Vinci, Michael Faraday, Alexander Graham Bell, and Steve Jobs and Bill Gates. Plus, major inventions under a single theme, such as the schoolroom, the battlefield, and the doctor's office are explored in two-page illustrations. Becker closes the book by asking readers "What's next in the exciting world of innovation?" Inspired kids may very well reach for their thinking caps to find out.
Publisher: Toronto : Maple Leaf Press, c2009
ISBN: 9781897349601
Branch Call Number: j609 BEC
Characteristics: 96 p. : col. ill. ; 29 cm
Additional Contributors: Attoe, Steve
Alternative Title: What is the big idea?

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eric_123 Mar 08, 2015

i dunno. what is it?

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boehlkereadersrock
Apr 29, 2011

It was educational and fun at the same time. It had lots of interesting information like how paper was made. The Archimedes screw keeps turning as it works.

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4AS
Apr 27, 2011

Once you read this book what have you learned about the changes through the world and technology. I learned that the world moves fast and that this book was a read read mixing science with history in a way that makes both fun! The book had a nice layout in my point of view eith nice pics, well labled sections and a sence of who, what, when, where and how. The book didn`t have much that felt out of place and seemed to be intresting. Unlike other non-fiction the presentation and delivery of the book was enjoyable too. The main point came across in a way that also made you want to hear the extra details most of use would fall asleep to.

The book mixed in alot of good qualities to make it a good looking, enjoyable and page turning read!(for well... you know, for a non-fiction)

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Netdex593
Apr 26, 2011

I don't know!

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angelagao1
Apr 26, 2011

This book was very fun and interesting to read because it taught me about how and why many things in history were invented. For example, in the beginning of the book, the author wrote that she wanted to write this book because she found that that bicycles were invented because of a 19th century volcanic eruption in Indonesia. Facts that most people never knew like that one are included in the book. The images and the way the book was written was “amusing” and made the book a good read. The story also explained some of the problems the inventor was trying to solve when he/she invented that object and it had bibliographies on some famous inventors, too, like Thomas Edison and Galileo.

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bella101
Apr 19, 2011

i hate this book

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_Dandoona1999_
Apr 15, 2011

I really liked this book, one of my favorite non-fiction books!
I loved the way it was organized,
and I love the subject of the book.
In all, a really great book I would recommend!

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Snipper123
Apr 05, 2011

THIS BOOK WAS SO COOL! IT WAS THE BEST FACT BOOK EVER! YA YA YA READ IT IT IS REALLY COOL!

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hilo201111
Apr 05, 2011

Love it????

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kate99
Apr 05, 2011

melissapoo...what is the big idea??

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katiemeg
Mar 16, 2011

Whats the big idea? Inventing of course! From clothing to computers, you'll find out all about the cool inventions that have already been made, and some that are coming to us! This book is definitely a great invention!

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